New Jersey power Bridgewater-Raritan’s on-the-field success continues to result in college commitments.
The latest example of just that comes at the goaltender position, where junior Luke Konen has decided on Army.
The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Konen, a righty, is a strong stopper who communicates well with the close defense.
Konen is the Black Knights’ third 2015 tristate commit, joining LSM Danny DeSanti of St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) and attackman Sean O’Brien of Sachem North (N.Y.).
Now, here’s a Q&A with Luke on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
My aspiration was always to attend West Point and be active in the military. I consider myself very fortunate that lacrosse has opened this opportunity for me.
After visiting West point and meeting with (Army Head) Coach (Joe) Alberici, his staff and some members of the team, I was confident that this was the direction I wanted to go.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I also considered Mount St. Mary’s, NJIT and Holy Cross.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My focus and intensity on and off the field. When on the field, I feel that communication with my teammates is essential. Our success on the field comes through knowing that we are working as a unit throughout every moment of the game.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I am always looking to improve my game. This year, I am focusing on making my hands faster and improving my clearing game.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
My father, who played at Merrimack, introduced me to lacrosse at a young age. I have been around the game for as long as I can remember. Outside of lacrosse, I am a bowhunter and an avid fisherman.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
In the summers and fall I play for 2 Knights Lacrosse. We have attended tournaments such as Rutgers D-I Experience, Summer Slam and Hotbeds, among others. I have also attended Nike Blue Chip, Top 205 and Maverik Showtime, where I was an all-star last summer.
Any final thoughts?
I want to thank my family, Coach Apel, Coach Kurdyla and Coach Hamrah for guiding throughout the recruiting process.
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